Nick Price, Tom Kite and Chip Beck Commit
September 02, 2007
FOR RELEASE: Thursday, August 16, 2007
Price, Kite join fellow World Golf Hall of Fame members Bernhard Langer and Tom Watson in major championship field
Baltimore, MD - World Golf Hall of Fame members Nick Price and Tom Kite, along with Chip Beck, have all committed to play in the 2007 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, October 1-7 at Baltimore Country Club at Five Farms in Timonium, MD.
"Nick Price, Tom Kite and Chip Beck are all tremendous competitors who prove that Champions Tour players bring more than just fun to the tournaments they play," said Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship Executive Director Steve Schoenfeld. "While they are certainly great entertainers, these guys are also out to win golf tournaments, and we look forward to watching them compete for the last major title of the season in October."
Nick Price is a member of the Champions Tour's Class of 2007, having qualified to compete on the circuit in January when he turned 50. The South African native owns 18 PGA TOUR titles, including three majors, the 1992 and 1994 PGA Championship and the 1994 British Open Championship. He also captured THE PLAYERS Championship in 1993. Price had one of the most prolific years ever on TOUR in 1994 when he won six times. In his rookie season on the Champions Tour, he has posted two top-10 and five top-25 finishes. He has more than $20 million in career earnings on the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour.
Tom Kite is the owner of 19 PGA TOUR and nine Champions Tour titles, including the 1989 PLAYERS Championship and 1993 U.S. Open. He was the first player in PGA TOUR history to reach $6 million, $7 million, $8 million and $9 million in career earnings, and currently sits at more than $22 million. Kite played on seven U.S. Ryder Cup teams and captained the 1997 U.S. Team at Valderrama in Spain. He won twice on the Champions Tour last year, at the AT&T Classic and the Boeing Greater Seattle Classic. The Austin, TX, resident started 2007 off strong by tying for second at the first two events, the MasterCard Championship at Hualalai and the Turtle Bay Championship.
Chip Beck was the second player to record a 59 in PGA TOUR history on October 11, 1991, the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational. He made 13 birdies and no bogeys at Sunrise Golf Club and joined Al Geiberger as the only sub-60 shooters in TOUR history at the time. His best year on TOUR came in 1988 when he won the Los Angeles Open at Rivera Country Club and the USF&G Classic at English Turn in Louisiana. Beck helped power the U.S. Ryder Cup Team to victory in 1993 with his singles victory over Barry Lane at The Belfry. Beck played in five events in his first year on the Champions Tour in 2006; he finished second twice and in the top 10 four times.
Price, Kite and Beck join an impressive field that already includes defending champion Bobby Wadkins, World Golf Hall of Fame members Bernhard Langer and Tom Watson, Maryland native Fred Funk, Craig Stadler, Jeff Sluman, Jay Haas, Scott Hoch, Denis Watson and Jim Thorpe.
Players in the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship will be competing for their share of the $2.6 million purse, which equals the largest purse on the Champions Tour this season. As the last of the Champions Tour majors, with $390,000 going to the winner, the double Charles Schwab Cup points awarded to the top-10 finishers will be a critical factor in deciding the Charles Schwab Cup points race.
About the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship
The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship is one of five major championships on the PGA TOUR's Champions Tour for eligible professionals age 50 and over. Dates for the 2007 event are October 1-7. Beginning this year, the event will be played on the East Course at Baltimore Country Club in Timonium, MD, with a field of 78 Champions Tour players competing for a share of the $2.6 million purse, the largest of the season. The final two rounds of the event will be broadcast on NBC - in high definition for the first time - and aired in more than 140 countries around the world (2-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday). For the first time, all five of the Champions Tour's majors will have network weekend coverage. The first and second rounds of this final major of the season will air on the GOLF CHANNEL (12:30-3 p.m. Thursday and Friday). Since the inception of both the Senior Players Championship and the former Constellation Energy Classic, more than $8 million has been raised for charities in the communities in which the tournaments were staged. To purchase tickets, for information about corporate sponsorship opportunities or to become a volunteer for the 2007 tournament, please visit the Official Tournament Website at www.ceseniorplayers.com or call the Tournament Office at 410-223-3033.
About Constellation Energy Group
Constellation Energy (http://www.constellation.com), a FORTUNE 200 company with 2006 revenues of $19.3 billion, is the nation's largest competitive supplier of electricity to large commercial and industrial customers and the nation's largest wholesale power seller. Constellation Energy also manages fuels and energy services on behalf of energy intensive industries and utilities. It owns a diversified fleet of 78 generating units located throughout the United States, totaling approximately 8,700 megawatts of generating capacity. The company delivers electricity and natural gas through the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), its regulated utility in Central Maryland.
About the Champions Tour
The Champions Tour is a division of the PGA TOUR, Inc., a tax-exempt membership organization of professional golfers. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The Champions Tour will feature a minimum of 29 official events offering $54.1 million in prize money in 2007 and its highest average purse ever of $1.86 million. The Champions Tour operates under the umbrella of the PGA TOUR which includes the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour. The Champions Tour's primary purpose as an entity of the PGA TOUR is to provide significant competitive and earnings opportunities for players age 50 and older; to protect the integrity of the game; and to help grow the reach of the game in the U.S. and around the world. In addition to providing competitive opportunities for its membership, Champions Tour events also generate significant sums of money for charity. The commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Rick George is president of the Champions Tour. TOUR headquarters is in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
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